You don’t need to travel far to have a good break. Just one night of camping does wonders in lowering stress levels and getting back to basics.
This weekend we drove less than two hours from Melbourne to reach Majors Creek, near Seymour. A tranquil river side setting surrounded by majestic gum trees and plenty of bird life. A last minute getaway with friends which reminded me yet again why I love camping so much and how good it is for us. Just doing these simple things:
Watching the sun rise
I’m always the first one up. I love watching the colors change in the sky and reflecting on the water as the sun peeks through and listening to early morning birdsong as the water hens and birds welcome in a new day.
There are no excuses not to relax
There’s no chores to be done. No hard decisions to be made. Camping is the perfect excuse to put your feet up and relax. For me to write. Contemplate life. Meditate. It’s easy in the great outdoors. Listen to the buzz of insects, the song of a bird, the crackle of the fire.
Or ramp up the action
If you prefer you can hike, cycle, walk, kayak, jet boat, whatever you fancy to get the adrenalin pumping. With all that exercise you’re almost guaranteed a good night sleep.
Savor the moment and every meal
Cooking is infinitely more social in the great outdoors. And it’s one time when hubbs is head chef riverside. Good food, good company, fresh air. Life doesn’t get much better.
Whether it’s a chargrilled steak, a simple salad roll or a hearty breakfast of baked beans, eggs and bacon cooked over the coals, there’s little doubt that food tastes better outside.
Unless the wind picks up to such an extent that the dust threatens to become part of your meal. Answer: seek cover. Luckily we had a nice van to retreat into.
Be an Adventurer and go exploring
Exploring is part of the adventure of camping. Just up the road was this historical Major Mitchell sign as well as Mitchelton Winery, in case we ran out of wine!
Watch the sun set and be mesmorised by a camp fire
As the day draws to a close the best feeling is being outside in nature, saying goodbye to the daylight and welcoming in a moonlit sky.
When we all sit in front of a camp fire at night meditation, normally so hard for me, is incredibly easy. The camp fire becomes our entire world.
May we all get a chance to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life.
I wish you all a happy and mindful day, full of peace and joy.